With the gar­den fully in the grip of win­ter, and frost rim­ing ev­ery blade of grass and ev­ery berry, the logic of its lay­out is laid bare

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with­stand the open set­ting. Be­fore plant­ing Lily and Fried im­proved the struc­ture of the heavy clay with a 6cm layer of river sand, and each year they fur­ther im­prove the soil’s struc­ture by adding plant ma­te­rial from the an­nual spring chop.

From the kitchen win­dow at the back of the house, the eye is drawn past sharply cut cubes of yew in the for­mal gar­den, through the meadow to the grass gar­den. Here it set­tles on a pair of 6m Corten steel doork­i­jk­torens, or ‘see-through tow­ers’, de­signed by fam­ily friend Frans van Lint. The per­fo­rated pat­terns of the rusty metal ref­er­ence both the trees be­yond and the rich browns of the grass gar­den’s win­ter colours.

The cou­ple en­joy walk­ing the paths of the gar­den to ad­mire the grasses at their full height what­ever the weather. “We wait for win­ter,” says Lily.“Walk­ing in the gar­den in win­ter on the paths be­tween the tall grasses and the seed­heads of plants is quite im­pres­sive. And with hoar frost it feels al­most mag­i­cal.” USE­FUL IN­FOR­MA­TION Ad­dress Leuth­ses­traat 6, 6575 JE Persin­gen, the Nether­lands. Tel +31 (0)24 6631483. Web­site tuin­dev­illa.nl Open 15-16 June and 17-18 Au­gust 2019, 11am-5pm, and by ap­point­ment for groups of 12 or more in June and 1 Au­gust – 8 Septem­ber.

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